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Triple-case Watch

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Triple-case Watch

Artist: James Grantham (London, England, active 1750 - 1770)

Date: c. 1762
Medium: Gold, shagreen, brass, steel
Dimensions:
60.3 x 50.8 x 22.2 mm
Markings: Movement: "J. Grantham, London, 8757" Inner case: London HM 1762, cm incuse script "JS" Dial: "WILLS, LONDON"
Credit Line: Proctor Collection, Frederick T. Proctor Watch Collection
Object number: PC. 208
Label Text
This watch was made at a time when repoussé work on metal watches was less popular. The waning taste for the style may have induced the repousseur of this watchcase to fashion an uncommon scene. While most eighteenth-century repoussé watches illustrate mythological or biblical scenes, the vignette on this watch shows a horseman and three figures.


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This watch was made in about 1762, a time when  repoussé work on metal watches was less popular. The waning taste for the technique may have induced the repousse to offer an uncommon scene on the outer case. While most eighteenth-century repoussé watches bear mythological or biblical scenes, the vignette on this watch shows a horseman and three other figures—one attendant leading his horse, a trumpeter in the background heralding his arrival, and another figure waving. The scene is set within a border of scrolls and flowers against a stippled background. Like most pair-case watches of the period, the inner watchcase is plain. A third case for this watch was fashioned using shagreen (treated fishskin) with gold studs to secure it.